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DVD-burning in Islamabad. The practice of theocrats everywhere: destroy freedom of speech and music and art with violence. Especially fire. The file caption for the photo tells you most of what you need to know:

Students at an Islamic madrassa burn thousands of movie DVDs, videos and music CDs April 6, 2007 at the Lal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. The event, reminiscent of the early days of the Taliban in Afghanistan, took place within two kilometers of the Pakistani presidential palace, as well as the heavily-fortified U.S. embassy. Thousands of Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary troops were deployed to the capitol in the previous week, and many believe a confrontation between government troops and the students is imminent. Clerics at the mosque, known as the most radical in Islamabad, want Pakistan to adopt a Taliban-style government. They maintain that movies and music are un-Islamic.

Today's news is that Musharraf is holding back.
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